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Dallas Bach Society 2019-2020 Season

As we sail into our 37th year, we would like to assure you that we have no other goal than to bring you more of the same world class music-making you have always experienced with the Dallas Bach Society. At every concert you will be able to say, along with the Dallas Morning News, “*We were in the presence of genius.*”

Our season this year, “BACH &”, will explore the connections between the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the other great figures of the Baroque. They are many, and those of you who attend our concerts understand the vast wealth of amazing music we have to choose from.

We begin in October with a concert of madrigals featuring the sensual music of Claudio Monteverdi, clearly the most important composer of his time. Our Baroque Christmas concert series begins in Advent, infusing the upcoming holiday season with beauty and grace, and includes our beloved tradition of German Caroling. The Messiah at the Meyerson Symphony Center continues in all its glory, with an excellent group of returning and new soloists, and of course we will have the popular sing-along Messiah at Zion Lutheran Church. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with us as we present highlights from the Baroque Opera, where DBS has led the field in the Metroplex for over twenty years.

The New Year begins with audience favorite, tenor Dann Coakwell in recital as part of our expanded House Concert Series, which will include an exciting collaboration with the Dallas Institute for the Humanities and Culture. Springtime in Dallas brings a concert of smaller, lyrical Handel works, followed by the dramatic Saint John Passion, with Mr. Coakwell returning as Evangelist, scheduled for recording!

In this season

Traditional concerts

We celebrate the 400th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s Book VII madrigals of 1619 with a concert devoted to this amazing, brilliant, and highly expressive music, performed by a great ensemble of solo singers, with a chamber ensemble including lute and theorbo.

German Baroque Composers
Advent music from the German tradition, with our traditional caroling in German following the concert.

Messiah Sing- Along
One of our most popular events! You become the choir as the Dallas Bach Orchestra and soloists make this an experience to remember!

Handel’s Messiah
A Dallas tradition! Soloists include a magical new soprano, Melanie Mendel; Daniel Bubeck, Alto; Scot Cameron, Tenor; David Grogan, Bass.

The Opera
The Dallas Bach Society, Dallas’s first and foremost producer of Baroque opera, presents an evening of great moments featuring favorite operatic works by Handel, Purcell, Rameau, and more – along with works from the Bach secular cantatas.

Cantatas sacred and secular, featuring smaller Handel masterpieces for a change and a lot of Bach.

Saint John Passion
Be part of the recording! Featuring Dann Coakwell, Evangelist, David Grogan, Christus, plus an all-star cast of solo singers and instrumentalists.

House Concerts

Bach & Rameu
James Richman, harpsichord, plays a Bach French Suite and works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, arguably the greatest of the French Baroque composers.

Bach & the Cantata
Dann Coakwell, tenor, joins us for an intimate evening drawn from the Baroque cantata repertoire.

Bach & the Gamba
This concert is a particularly special evening! Three amazing gambists – Brent Wissick, Stephanie Raby, and Christopher Phillpott, with lute and harpsichord continua, in collaboration with the Dallas Institute for the Humanities and Culture – at their amazing Cour Regard venue, a beautiful space established by long time DBS supporter Betty Regard. Your tickets include “DBS Goes to the Movies – Tout les matins du monde, with Gerard Depardieu” at the Institute the week before the concert, moderated by the DIHC’s Dr. Scott Churchill and DBS Artistic Director James Richman. The movie is a fabulous depiction of the musical life in the period, especially gamba music and the mysterious Sieur de Sainte-Colombe, who was a very important composer and performer, and whose daughters all played the gamba and formed what must have been the first gamba “girl group” in history, “Les files de Sainte-Colombe”.

Bach & the Flute
A natural combination! Tamara Meredith, flauto traverso, plays Bach as well as other amazing solo repertoire.


In this Series

Previously in this Series

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The Opera

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Zion Lutheran Church

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Bach & The Gamba

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture